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Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

very good
156 Reviews
Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 252
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy, fluffy-headed blonde, full of yeast. Sounds like Britney Spears, but no! it's beer.

Sweet, spicy and tasty, good fruity flavor with a bit of vanilla and grapefruit citrus and a clean fizzy mouthfeel, stronger-than-I-expected hoppiness left my mouth a bit dry in the finish but also left me wanting more. Great balance of complimentary flavors, very refreshing beer. Will have to score some of these for home consumption.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voluminous white head and golden body. Head lasts forever and laces very well. Sweet malty aroma with just a touch of spicy hops. Flavor is malty and sweet with just enough bitterness to dry out the finish to acceptable levels. Hints of pepper and clove sneak in past the sweet fuitiness. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I expected, but it was still very nice.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.79/11.2 oz bottle at Merchant's in Dearborn. Pours out to a slightly hazy pale golden, with brisk carbonation contributing to a rocky white head which grows out of the glass. Superior retention and lacing is rocky. Aroma is very nice...soft fruits, dry grain husk, pale malts, a touch of candi sugar, honey, vanilla, clove, faint green bananas. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body and mild sour astringency. Taste begins with grassy floral hops, green bananas and phenols, followed by an echo of the aromas. Freshly mown hay and honey throughout, with the hops in the forefront, and some herbal hops towards the finish. The finish is dry and spicy with phenols and a light semi-sweet saccharin bitterness. There is a faint touch of oak and sour milk in the aftertaste. Alcohol peppers the tongue lightly. Cleanly fermented and easy to drink.

Adding the yeast makes the brew murky and contributes to a bready character with accentuation of some fusels and metals. Think sour milk with a handful of pennies in your glass. Better enjoyed without, in my opinion.

For the price, it's hard to justify buying this again. It's a good brew, and I certainly wouldn't turn it down,but there are much better brews to be had for the price.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, good clarity, voluminous pillow of white foam with bubbles that gradually get bigger and collapse, lacey

Aroma: malt and grain, coriander, canned pineapple, very light scent of herbal hops, honey

Flavor: fruity/malty sweetness at first, then a slight spice (clove, mostly) and yeast, then a mellow bitterness starts to dry it out a bit, aftertaste is fruity with a lingering herbal bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, slightly minerally

Other comments: A good solid Belgian blonde beer. Somewhat rough around the edges (i.e.- not "clean"), but that makes it stand apart from the usual blonde.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After evacuating the 11.2 ounce brown bottle the beer sets in the Belgian Ale glass a bemused light yellowish orange color with the head portly in size, semi-creamy in texture and a bright white color. After desiccation, the lace forms a thin white curtain upon the glass. The nose has a lemon like crispness, hints of biscuit dough, fresh and clean to the senses; start is sweet and nicely malted the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, the hops mild and soothing to the palate, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, had worse, and had better.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sunny blond body, shining, sadly clear. Just a white film that doesn’t even last. Poor looks for a not too strong belgian ale. Aroma comes off the bat as a restrained extremely yeasty melting pot with a poorman’s apples and hay, mild tartness is noticeable. Palate is also lightly tart, which seems to come from the yeast and doesn’t make quite a strong marriage with the sharp wet hay characteristics. Lightly bitter aftertaste fails to balance the overwhelming uni-dimensional yeasty flavors. Highly carbonated medium bodied. All in all very similar to a straffe hendrik blond or many other sub-par belgian ales.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle poured a rather hazy gold and built some fair lace, despite wasting a fair amount of carbonation and foam as it was uncapped. This troubadour sang a sweet song. With a sugar and dark fruit aroma, I was intrigued. While the beer was thin in body, it offered a variety of fruit, malt, and sugar flavors. Fig and coriander were dominant with a brown sugar body. It's drinkable, respectable, and seems like a nice beer to turn people onto Belgian imports that aren't tainted by Interbrew.

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Photo of silenius
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my standby favorite at the Hopleaf. When I can't decide what to have next, I always go back to this one.

The menu says "Launched by 4 Ghent brewing engineering students in June 2000, Brouwerij de Musketiers brews this deep golden, fruity, spicy, and densely malty ale. Fewer than 2000 cases brewed per year. Has become a connosieur's choice in Belgium."

I paid $6 at the bar.

On the label is a drawing of a man's head opening his mouth sticking out his tongue to apparently catch a drop of beer. Behind the man are the Dutch lyrics to what is either a song or poem that roughly translates into something about dying in/for beer and angels weeping and God taking mercy on the man for his behavior. I don't speak Dutch and the on-line translation was iffy.

The beer starts with a huge head in the Troubadour branded tulip glass. There was substantial lacing as well. The smell is light and herbally pleasant.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Not an in-your-face monster. A long pleasant finish makes this my #1 session beer.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This comes in the typical 11.2 oz Belgian bottle that covers "Belgian Beer" in several languages: Biere belge, Cerveza belga, and Belgisch bier. The crown is stamped "Bottled 31/03/03." It pours a slightly hazy gold with some small bits of yeast floating about. It has a thick white head that leaves lace all over the glass. The smell is citrusy with just a bit of barnyard funk. Although labeled a Strong Ale, it drinks more like a Saison. It's a nice beer from a novice by Belgian standards.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good drink-solid GOOD! And the drinkability is even higher. I could sip this stuff all night and all day. Honey colored with a light, stiff Dupont Saison like head. Ample stick and lace throughout. Aromatics are a of mildly ripe fruit, some citrus and spice-almost a vanillan ginger like aroma. Flavors are complex with layers of butterscotch, banana, bittersweet tropical fruit and toasty malt. Somewhere between a single and a triple? The finish is rather hoppy and quite long. A very unique brew well worth sampling.

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Photo of pio
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

the beer wanted to get out of that bottle in a hurry, i almost lost some of it but as hurried as it was to bubble out i was faster. huge white head with big bubbles over a slightly hazy golden yellow with some orange. alot of activity with the bubbles comming up. very clingy white lace. pretty brew, almost a five from me. those scents sent me reeling too. sugar candy, gum drops, golden grapes a hint of green apple and grain. a hoppy yeasty scent tickles the nose buds. hints of spice, quite understated and faint. i couldn't identify what spices i associated with here, i'll invent one. gingamon. big flavor. alot of fruit (ripe bannana, lemon, grape and cherry) seems to be comming my way but it veers off and leaves some other flavors instead. mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetable and herbal notes. a bit of a dull bitter resonates throughout. it leaves the palate off balance. it leaves some weird wood like flavor too. decent mouthfeel, bubbly and crisp. i will probably not pick one up again.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden yellow with orange highlights. Highly carbonated with a thick white head. Clean aroma, somewhat musty hop aromas not unlike Duvel. Light, crisp, and slightly malty sweet. Again musty hop aromas show up in the taste. Very effervescent. I'd seek this one out again. I'm a fan of Duvel, and this blond seems to have some similar qualities.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.61/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a beer that I did not especially care for as Saison's are not a style of beer that I really enjoy drinking, but oh well. It poured an average sized frothy off-white head with fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was cloudy with carbonation observed and a yellow-gold hue. The nose consisted of citrus, clove and fruitiness. The taste was bitter and somewhat sour along with a tingly, smooth, thin and watery texture. It was light bodied and had a fair amount of lacing.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle

The foam was rolling out of the bottle. Appearance is a orange/amber color, hazy, with lots of effervescence. A wonderful rocky head with nice retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty, tart, fruity (citrus), with some bread background. Taste is slightly sweet with a tart middle and slow bite. Mouth feel is medium/light bodied, creamy, and effervescent, with a residual tart/crispness. A pleasant beer with nice characteristics and a nice warming quality (a little tart for me).

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow with moderate haze and a persistent tight head. Pleasant sweet/tart flavors, with a bit more emphasis on the sweet. Vague fruity yeast flavors and the barest touch of some medicinal notes, but not enough to detract from the flavor. Quite smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange starting with a nice white head that dissipates into a white lace. Nose is fairly yeasty and somewhat medicinal, yet there is a touch of honey. Medium-bodied, spicey and citric taste. Maltiness mixes well with the hop bitterness, yet still manages to stay fairly tart. The aftertaste kind of reminds of the kind you'd have with a dry white wine. All in all a pretty good strong pale. Reminds of La Fin Du Monde.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Cloudy light yellow body with a decent head that laced pretty well.

Smell – Malt and bread mix with big fruit (banana, peach, orange, kiwi, to name a few) along with spices that are hard to pinpoint. Very entertaining.

Taste – The orange and peach come more in the flavor. The spices aren’t hot or peppery, they’re more like cinnamon or paprika. There’s also some yeast in there along with alcohol, but mostly the big fruit.

Mouthfeel – There’s a nice carbonation to this one and it’s rather chewy.

Drinkability – I thought this was a little too citrusy to go down well, and the complex mix of flavors didn’t blend well.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Great bar, great beer. This beer in particular was excellent. Nice golden color, with scents of ripe fruit and yeast. Taste was exceptional- smooth and rich, with a nice fruity sweetness as well as a slight spicey tang from the yeast. This beer goes down well, you really cannot taste the alcohol, which can be concerning if you need to drive anywhere. Overall and wondeful refreshing and tasy brew.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured it was a hazy medium golden yellow with loads of foam and lace. The smell was of a spicy nature. The taste was not what I expected. It did have a bitter/sour taste and flavor that was not really pleasant for a blond ale of this type. This was a very expensive beer ($3.99). Not worth the price.

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Photo of aracauna
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really one of the bigger or more complex examples of belgian blonde ales, but this is perhaps a more drinkable example of the style. It pours fairly pale and cloudy but doesn't have a hard to control head. The aroma is very clean for the style, but esters and spiciness are present. The flavor also is cleaner than expected, but not too clean. Flavor is soft, low bitterness and quite drinkable.

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Photo of clvand0
2.61/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This Belgian blond ale pours a very cloudy orange color with a minimal head and lots of floaty stuff in the mix. The head is moderate and it is fairly strong. The aroma is very spicy with hints of malts and hops. This beer drinks somewhat smoothly, but not smooth enough for my liking. It is very spicy in the taste - something I didn't enjoy too much. Not a bad beer, but too odd tasting for my enjoyment.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow-gold body with an orange cast reveals some particles in suspension (bottle conditioned). It's capped by a short but creamy, bright-white head that holds exceptionally well as it's buoyed by an effervescent carbonation; and leaves some very nice lace as it goes. The nose delivers a peppery spiciness above a lightly sweet vanilla. It's light body combines with a very fine and effervescent carbonation to leave it zesty on the tongue. The flavor is a touch spicy (black pepper, coriander), phenolic, and yeasty over a lightly honeyish and softly vanilla malt. A thin fruitiness (apples, pear) tries its best to squeeze past the spice and mingles with the malt. The spice disappears following the swallow, and it finishes with a dollop of sweet malt that dries to reveal a mild but bone-dry bitterness. Crisp, yet somehow delicate, and refreshing! An interesting beer with a good amount of drinkability.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy orange hue, head is white and fuzzy. Aroma is lush and full with sugar at the onset, deep and lively, fresh and hoppy, citrusy and spicy. Orangey notes shine through. Hops are full on the palate, providing a delicious sensation. Body feels light, and drinkability is smooth. Lovely, tasty finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and give thanks to Marc77!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral hoppy sharp nose. Crisp fruity taste. Very lively (tickle the tongue) mouth. Clean sharp hop finish that makes you want to drink more. The floral hop presence from smelling to your final taste ends in wanting crispness. This is one of the "sharpest" beers I have had. Very rounded throughout.Medium to light mouth overall and as stated earlier quite lively. Overall the word for this brew is refreshing... The is just enough spice and hop bitterness to make it wonderful. I had this on Tap at Monk's on 2-8-03 and hope it is still there when I return... refreshing....

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Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Troubadour glass (akin to a Corsendonk shape) at a good restaurant (see review of Cafe de Bruxelles).

Pours as quite a cloudy gold color. Has a great first head with good thin-to-medium lace through out the session. Lovely nose of banana, clove, and wet hay/grass - this last scent is a kicker, it really enticed me and gave some earthy-funky character to the classic banana and clove combo. Decent moutfeel, fairly active on mid-tongue, with a bitterness that starts on the back upper sides of mouth and creeps up around to top of the roof. A soft-to-moderate strength bitter. In all, a wonderful taste: hoppy with a fruity tartness and a touch of spice. Perfect amount of alcohol, and the yeast did not seem to effect the taste when added to the last pour.

It went great with my moules that were in wine-cream sauce and my frites with mayo! Truly a unique take on a belgian golden ale that is mixed with some wit characteristics. Easier to drink than a Duvel (less power in alcohol and complexities) but more robustly fruity, flowery, hoppy. Like an earlier reviewer, sincerely one of the best new generation Belgian brews. New as in brewed by university students starting in 1999! A fabulous beginning to a great new beer - skies are the limit with this one, if they continues to develop it. Now finding it is the problem...

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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